12 days,Tokyo to Kyoto

Experience the bustle of modern Tokyo, visit the Zenkoji temple in the Japanese Alps, discover the snow monkeys bathing in the hot springs, cycle the Kibi Plains, explore Kyoto's temples.

Tokyo and Kyoto—the modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectively—represent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, you’ll thoroughly explore both and everything in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Snow monkeys, geishas, the teeming pedestrian scrambles of Tokyo’s Shibuya district and the impossibly friendly staff of your traditional ryokan are just a few of the locals you’ll meet and never forget.

What's Included

  • Modern Tokyo walking tour. Zenkoji Temple visit (Nagano). Jigokudani Monkey Park visit (Matsumoto). Matsumoto Castle visit. Kibi Plains bike ride (outside Kurashiki). Japan Rail (JR) pass (7-day). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 dinner. (Allow USD400-500 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels and traditional guesthouses/onsens (11 nts).
  • Bus, bullet train, local train, bicycle.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

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Day 1 Tokyo

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-3 Tokyo

Join your CEO for a walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through Yoyogi Park and Harajuku. Enjoy a free day to experience Tokyo or venture out to Mt Fuji.

Day 4 Nagano

Journey to the Japanese Alps and Nagano, host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics, and visit the historic Zenkoji Temple.

Day 5 Matsumoto

Discover the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park where you can watch Japanese snow monkeys bathing in the natural hot springs.

Days 6-7 Takayama (1B, 1D)

Explore Matsumoto's breathtaking 'Black Crow' Castle and continue to the traditional alpine market town of Takayama, known as 'Little Kyoto,' to experience sites such as the Hida No Sato traditional folk village, sake breweries and craft shops.

Days 8-9 Kurashiki

Get a real glimpse of old Japan at Kurashiki, a picturesque town in central Japan which has retained much of its old world charm with beautifully preserved black and white walled merchants’ homes and storehouses. Take a bike ride through the Kibi Plains, surrounded by rice fields and ancient burial grounds.

Days 10-11 Kyoto

Spend two nights in the traditional heart of Japan, which gives you plenty of time to experience some of the many great walks through temples, teahouses, shrines and shops – and maybe even spot a real-life geisha.

Day 12 Kyoto

Depart at any time.

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